Schools that serve low-income students -- including several area schools -- are eligible for a share of more than $87 million available to purchase new technology and software, the state Education Department said Tuesday.
The funding is part of the settlement agreement reached between New York State consumers and Microsoft Corporation in 2006. The state Education Department established the New York State School Technology Voucher Program to distribute the funds in the form of vouchers to eligible schools.
Funding will be available to eligible public and charter schools in which at least 50 percent of the attending students receive free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program. The voucher amounts assigned to eligible schools will be based on the total funding available and the number of applications from eligible schools.